Country’s biggest natural gas transporter GAIL India Ltd has reconfigured the Rs 12,000 crore Jagdishpur-Haldia pipeline , which will connect Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s political constituency Varanasi to the gas grid, to link the Dhamra terminal.
The over 2,500-kilometer line will be constructed in three phases and will also now connect Adani Group’s Dhamra LNG import terminal in Odisha, GAIL Chairman and Managing Director B C Tripathi said here. In the first phase, a trunk pipeline from Phulpur (Allahabad) will be laid to Dobhi (Gaya) in Bihar with spur lines to Barauni and Patna. “The 755-km Phase-1 project will cost Rs 3,200 crore and will be completed by December 2018,” he said. This section will take natural gas to Varanasi for not just feeding local industries but also for retailing CNG to automobiles and piped cooking gas for households. GAIL already as a line up to Phulpur. It is raising capacity of this pipeline by laying a 672-km parallel line from Vijaipur in Madhya Pradesh to Phulpur via Auriaya in Uttar Pradesh at the cost of Rs 4,300 crore.